TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa Bay-area judge says Florida's so-called "stand your ground" law doesn't apply to a teenager charged with attempted murder for shooting his drug dealer after a botched sale.
Gerald Terrell Jones, 18, argued Friday in Hillsborough County Circuit Court that he feared for his life while fighting with Daniel Drake in January after trying to buy marijuana. Jones shot Drake in the face. Each man says the other tried to rob him.
Florida's self-defense law doesn't protect people committing crimes. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Jones' attorney said the law applied because the drug sale was over before the shooting.
Judge Gregory Holder ruled that Jones was committing a crime at the time of the shooting and failed to show he was in mortal danger.
Jones' trial begins Monday.
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